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Boating holidays in Portugal

Hire a self-drive canal boat in Portugal – an exclusive to Nicols !
Usually it’s the Douro river in Portugal that is known for boating holidays, with liners and canal barges common sight...
But we think the Alentejo region in the south of Portugal is just as good, if not better – what makes this barge holiday destination on board a Nicols boat special is the waterway you’ll travel along. The Grande Lago is the largest and one of the most impressive artificial lakes in Europe !
A cruise from here offers complete freedom. No locks mean you can go where you want when you want, even mooring up freely at any of the many islets you’ll find on route.
Open 365 days a year, the Nicols Amieira base welcomes you all year round for exceptional boating holidays, even over Christmas and New Year!

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Hire a canal boat on the Grande Lago in the Alentejo region

Created in 2002 to provide electricity and irrigation to Portugal's Alentejo Region, Grande Lago is transforming the sleepy Portuguese countryside into one of the nation's premier holiday destinations. Building the Alqueva dam on the River Guadiana made an enormous reservoir turning the region into one of Portugal's best tourism destinations.Today Grande Lago is popular among fishermen, swimmers and hikers as well as boaters. Hire a stylish and spacious Nicols boat and experience a boating holiday on Grande Lago from the Amieria marina.Aside from the remarkable stretch of water, the peaks of over 400 submerged hills now offer islands for mooring and exploration…

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